ASPPH represents schools and programs of public health that are in the process of or already accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.
- Accreditation: We work with the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) as a corporate member to promote members’ accreditation interests and high standards for instruction, research, and service.
- Advocacy: We advocate to expand federal support for academic public health. Currently, more than $1.5 billion in federal grant money is awarded to our members every year. We work with our federal partners to advance the Association’s legislative priorities, especially support for critical research and training programs. We also provide members with timely ‘strategic intelligence’ reports from Washington, as well as in-depth policy analysis. View our monthly briefings and fact sheets.
- Data Collection and Reports: We analyze and report on a rich array of data collected from members, including applicants and enrollment, student demographics, number of graduates, composition of faculty, faculty salaries, operating budgets, and much more. The results provide trends on education in public health, support members’ benchmarking activities, and guide advocacy activities. View our public gallery of data visuals.
- Education for Public Health: We advance education for public health by stimulating thinking around degree programs, educational models, and innovative curricula.
- Faculty Awards: We present annual awards to faculty at CEPH-accredited institutions honoring their significant contributions in undergraduate education in public health, as well as contributions in graduate level education, research, and practice. Awards include: Riegelman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Public Health Education; ASPPH/Pfizer Awards for Teaching Excellence, Early Career in Public Health Teaching, Excellence in Academic Public Health Practice, and Young Investigator’s Research.
- Fellowships and Internships: We offer hands-on, practice-based training opportunities for students and graduates from member institutions through our 30-year Fellowship and Internship program. Through these graduate training programs, students and recent graduates expand on their education and build the capacity and skills needed to become the next generation of public health leaders and make a positive impact in population health nationally and internationally.
- Leadership and Online Collaboration: We foster an environment for collaboration and networking with in-person retreats and online idea exchange and interaction forums, creating venues for our member schools and programs to learn and discuss with each other. View our events.
- Pre-Approved Provider Status for Offering CPH Recertification Credits: We ensure our members enjoy the most competitive status by making them all pre-approved providers for the CPH recertification. This allows members to provide continuing education benefits and credits.
- Recruiting and Supporting Students: We provide students with support in determining the path of their public health education. Recruitment events and a variety of student services help to ensure that member schools and programs attract a diverse and talented pool of students.
- SOPHAS: Streamlining Student Applications: We improve accessibility in admissions to member schools and programs through SOPHAS, the centralized public health application service. SOPHAS relieves administrative burdens, enabling schools and programs to recruit and review applicants with efficiency and ease.
- Strategic Communications: We offer multiple channels of communication with our member schools and programs including our weekly Friday Letter newsletter, our bi-monthly journal Public Health Reports, regular legislative updates, and President’s Bulletin, among others. View our latest news.
How to Apply
ASPPH full membership is open to CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health, and requires:
- A letter of application for membership, in the case of a school of public health, from the dean or, in the case of a program of public health, either the director of the program or the dean of the school of which the program is a part.
- Official notification from CEPH that a school or program has been accredited as a school or program of public health.
ASPPH associate membership is open to non CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health that CEPH has formally approved to enter the accreditation process as applicants. Membership requires:
- A letter of application for membership from the head of the applicant institution, including a timeline for accreditation.
- A letter from the president, chancellor, provost, dean or similar authority that approval has been granted by university authorities to establish an independent school or a separate program of public health.
- A letter from CEPH confirming entry into the CEPH accreditation process.
For information on ASPPH membership dues, contact us.